Interview with Michael Smith
QUESTION 5
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Were you aware of a growing Black Power movement in the prisons? Was that something that you saw expressed in those, in the, in the early months when you were there? Were you aware of political organizing going on among the inmates?

MICHAEL SMITH:

Oh, yes, yeah, there were, ah--

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Tell me how that manifested itself. What did you see?

MICHAEL SMITH:

There were, ah, meetings that, ah, took place in, in different areas of the prison. One of the most common places for meetings were the recreation yards where the inmates were congregated. And, ah, there were different political groups within the institution represented, ah, such as the Black Muslims and the, ah, Young Lords and also, ah, the White population broke off into their, their own sects also.